NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: University of Michigan - Main Campus

Program: Political Science

Political Science prepares students to be active participants in politics, government, and public administration. Political Science students have pursued careers in law, teaching, journalism, business or government.

Admission Criteria

  1. GPA – 3.0 if transferring as a Junior (55+ transferable credits). 3.3 plus strong High School record if transferring after only 1 yr.
  2. 2.0 or better grades required for course transfer consideration.
  3. Students are NOT required to have all of the courses listed on this guide complete prior to admission to U of M.
  4. U of M Political Science Department | Political Science Undergraduate Program
  5. NEW! Transfer Bridges to U of M LSA – Mentorship and more!

Basic Requirements

The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill distribution requirements at U of M. These courses may not fulfill requirements for the Associate of Arts or Science degree at NMC. If your goal is to complete an associate's degree before transferring, see an advisor for assistance.

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111

English Composition


ENG 112

English Composition




Select 7 credits representing 2 departments from the Humanities Area


Natural Science


Select 7 credits representing 2 departments from the Natural Science Area including one LECTURE/LAB


Social Science


PLS 101

Intro to American Politics


PLS 132

Comparative Politics


PLS 211

International Relations


Select 7 credits representing 2 departments, not PLS, from the Social Science Area


MTH 131

Introduction to Probability and Statistics


Foreign Language

Two years of one language. This requirement may be fulfilled in one of three ways:

  1. Completing the 2nd year of a college level foreign language;
  2. Passing the foreign language proficiency test given to entering U of M students during Orientation; or
  3. Scoring 600 or higher on the College Entrance Exam Achievement Test.

Additional Courses
Choose 9 additional credits from at least 3 areas in the Distribution list, and electives as needed
Students who wish to transfer as a junior need 54 credits.

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Spring 2023